Fall Baseball is Success

We approach November with a successful Ruffnecks Fall Baseball season to look back upon.  Ruffnecks Fall Baseball is, by design, a weekend-only program that runs from the week after Labor Day to the final weekend in October.  Over 125 players participate in a variety of Fall offerings that range from our 13U Fall Development program to High School Wood Bat games and College Prep games.  For the second year, we also offered a “College Tour” program.  This program is designed to conduct workouts and scrimmages on the campuses of colleges and universities in the region.  The College Tour program has fallen short of our goals for its design and execution in 2018.  However, we will give it considerable thought for 2019.

13U Fall Development Program

Drill work

The marquee program of Ruffnecks Fall Baseball is the 13U Fall Development Program.  Each September 50 new 13U players begin a six week immersion on the big diamond.  Over a dozen coaches teach and coach positional skill work, base running, team concepts, and a thorough (if not comprehensive) introduction to what is expected on a full-sized baseball field.  It is an invigorating experience for young players as they make the transition to “real” baseball.  The six week program is meticulously choreographed.  It includes situational instruction as well as full “scrimmage” intrasqaud games.  The primary goal of the 13U Fall Program is developmental.  Indeed, the Ruffnecks build the next season’s 13U roster from those who express an interest in being candidates.  But the program itself is a developmental effort manned by as many as 17-18 coaches working with players.

High School Wood & College Prep Programs

The High School Wood & College Prep programs are less instructive than the 13U program.  These two programs incorporate in-game coaching opportunities, intrasquad games, participation in the NEBC League games, and even a couple of fall tournaments.  Rosters are shuffled, allowing for different combinations and opportunities on a weekly basis.  For some players, these programs simply provide an opportunity to get some work in.  For others, it is an opportunity to challenge themselves against different competition.  Schedule flexibility and multiple, weekly, options are the features of these programs.